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Features July 2016 Issue

The Wind at your Back

The Wind at your Back

We all want a good tailwind at altitude. But, that benefit up high becomes an issue down low and requires awareness and care. Know where to draw the line.

Final instrument approach segments can sometimes require a descent in a tailwind, knowing youíll circle íround the other way to land (or perhaps not). In stable weather, these changes are gradual and the wind speeds donít cause much concern, but anything more than that and things can get dicey. Then, of course, there are emergencies that could force you to choose between the unappealing options of landing downwind or landing off-airport.

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